Awards

Zeta Psi regularly recognizes those who distinguish themselves through exceptional displays of leadership, dedication, and generosity. Below is a list of all awards that Zeta Psi bestows, as well as those worthy individuals and chapters who have received this recognition.

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Individual Awards

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is Zeta Psi’s highest alumni award, only given for special and outstanding long-term service. This award is not necessarily given every year. The following are all the brothers who have received this award.

First NameMiddle NameLast NameChapterYear Awarded
SamuelA.ChapinIota1956
HenryA.HustonLambda1956
JohnVan Nostrand DoorDelta1957
JamesSomersSmithSigma1957
HollonAugustineFarrEta1957
JeanCarterWitterIota1957
WilliamAlfredComstockXi1958
ArthurHarrisonMotleyAlpha Beta1958
ArthurLaytonBartonAlpha Epsilon1958
JohnE.WoodbridgePsi Epsilon1959
TheodoreA.DistlerEpsilon1959
GeorgeSimpsonArmstrongPhi1960
HughPickenBradyEta1960
ShirleyHoughtonIota1961
CliffordH.WestcottAlpha Epsilon1961
HomerJ.SteinyMu1961
HarryLesliePurdySigma Epsilon1962
WrightD.HeydonEpsilon1963
JohnF.ReynoldsChi1963
SymingtonP.LandrethSigma1964
ClarenceH.DelongAlpha Epsilon1966
JohnL.CoulsonPsi Epsilon1968
LouisR.BruceGamma1969
RichardA.FrodshamPhi1970
CyrusK.RickelAlpha Beta1971
AlfredD.KirklandMu1971
RoyA.FoulkeLambda1973
HenryM.ElliotEta1973
HerbertA.CarlborgAlpha Beta1973
JamesHughMcLaughlinTheta Xi1974
CharlesS.BurrowsGamma1975
PeterB.PakradooniSigma1976
EdisonW.DickEta1980
WaldoM.AllenEta1982
JohnB.CondonPhi Lambda1983
SamuelA.LaddLambda1984
WendellW.WitterIota1985
WilliamRankinDuryeeEta1985
RichardW.SmithOmicron1987
HowardButcherSigma1987
WilliamC.BuckTau1988
LeonardE.HammerPhi Lambda1989
WilliamA.SheaPhi1989
JudsonW.BauerOmega1990
JohnT.JacksonPsi1991
RichardShepardClarkeAlpha1992
JamesJ.LjunglinPi1993
PeterBartonWilsonEta1994
WalkerSmithMu1994
JayL.RothbergDelta Chi1995
RalphS.RumseyXi1996
JohnR.BirchfieldPhi1997
LouisJ.CapozzoliPhi1997
FredM.KirbyTau1998
AlanH.RiceAlpha Beta1999
DavidM.UnderwoodEta2000
JamesJ.CareyOmega2001
StephenHartwellTau2001
JohnS.GebhardtPhi2002
RichardGeorgeShuhanyMu Theta2002
WilliamBHarrison, Sr.Upsilon2003
DouglasP.DonaldsonTheta2003
GeorgeGardinerMcNeillieTheta Xi2004
DonaldB.ChubbTau2005
PatrickMichaelCarneyPhi Lambda2006
RobertT.BusteedOmicron2007
MichaelJ.FreimanPhi Epsilon2008
DavidL.SimsSigma2009
StephenM.HalperinBeta Tau2010
GregoryE.McElroyPhi2011
RichardN.GatemanChi Gamma2012
StephenS.HarperIota2012
DavidW.BusaccaTau Delta2013
JeffreyR.A.BallTheta Xi2014
GaryL.MootzPi Sigma2015
M.LauckWaltonPi2016
M.DavidHunterIota Alpha2017
R.ThomasJewettPsi2018
J.CoreyNicolsonTheta Xi2018
LesG.HilgerMu2019
D.StuartBowersPhi Epsilon2019
Les MannPhi Lambda2020
TedBrickmanAlpha Epsilon2021
AndrewM.NunezIota Alpha2022
BarthH. GillanAlpha Psi2022

James J. Carey Leadership Award

Awarded to a brother who exhibits outstanding leadership qualities. Named in honor of Past Phi Alpha, James J. Carey.

First NameMiddle NameLast NameChapterYear Awarded  
JamesJ.CareyOmega2007
DarrenLittellPhi Lambda2008
DouglasP.DonaldsonTheta2009
JamesJ.LjunglinPi2010
JayL.RothbergDelta Chi2011
J.CoreyNicholsonTheta XI2012
M.LauckWaltonPi2014
WilliamRugglesTheta2015
JohnSpohnPi2016
KevinCanavanTau2017
MikeFreimanPhi Epsilon2019
GregMcElroyPhi2020
StephenHarperIota2021
BillMcKnightTheta Xi2022

Henry Elliot Service Award

This award is given out for volunteer service to Zeta Psi, for activities and/or actions throughout the calendar year.

First NameMiddle NameLast NameChapterYear Awarded  
DouglasP.DonaldsonTheta2001
DonChubbTau2002
CarlBurnsDelta2003
JamesBestPi Epsilon2004
RobertO'DonnelRho Alpha2005
JamesJ.CareyOmega2006
MauriceDucoingPsi2007
SimBrigdenTheta XI2008
DanBackerUpsilon Mu2009
AndrewMFrisvoldPhi Epsilon2010
J.CoreyNicholsonTheta XI2011
MattTunneyIota2012
Dr. JamesJLjunglinPi2013
BrantDavisAlpha Epsilon2014
JohnSpohnPi2015
TomRoerdenPsi2016
Carter CaldwellSigma2017
RobWeikertIota2019
JayMaguireIota Alpha2020
BoThompsonUpsilon, 19992021
Gregory E. McElroyPhi, 19702022

Alumni Advisor of the Year

This award is presented in an effort to recognize our many alumni volunteers who devote many valuable hours to our undergraduate chapters.

First NameMiddle NameLast NameChapterYear Awarded
EvanDoylePi Tau, 20132022
WillWrightAlpha Pi2020
TomHicksBeta2019
JoshMcWilliamPi2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
DanHomoncickTau Theta, 20092013
GaryGrugurichPi Sigma2012
EdmundA.LucianoNu Sigma, 20052011
RobertEdgmon2010
Bill ShawPi Tau2009
DanKing2008
RickGlowe2007
RobMcMullin2006
2005
2004
JohnD. ShepardPhi Lambda, 19902003
JeffL. PriceAlpha Mu, 2002
2001
GregoryHammerLaufmanKappa Phi, 19962000
DavidBarryFinkelsteinUpsilon Mu, 19871999
JamesA.PalazzoloNu, 19921998
Alan OkunWPI (Non Zete)1997

James McLaughlin Interfraternal Award

Presented to an individual who shows tremendous sustained leadership in support of the Interfraternal movement. This award is not limited to members of Zeta Psi.

First NameMiddle NameLast NameChapterAward Date 
MichaelJ. FreimanPhi Epsilon, 19782021
RobertEdgmonIota Alpha2020
ScottPedersonPsi2018
RalphV.WilhelmCornell2015
AlanGrovesNon-Member2013
StephenBakerNon-Member2011
EdwardN.KirlinNon-Member2007
PeterPakradooniSigma2006
RussellMarchTheta2004
JonWilliamsonNon-Member2002
EdPeaseNon-Member2000
DavidK.EastlickNon-Member1999
JamesJ.CareyOmega1998
KevinP.ShannonPhi Epsilon1996
AlanB.DavisBeta Tau1995
JohnR.BirchfieldPhi1994
AlanS.OkunNon-Member1993
RalphS.RumseyXi1992
DurwardOwenNon-Member1989
GregoryE.McElroyPhi1986
JamesJ.McLaughlinTheta Xi1982
DruBagwellNon-Member
GaryBonasNon-Member

 

Red Grange Sportsman of the Year Award

Awarded to recognize outstanding achievement in sports. Available to either undergraduates or alumni.

First NameMiddle NameLast NameChapterAward DateSport
JoeMaddonTau2009MLB Baseball
RichardGouldMu2012College Tennis
AlanRiceAlpha Beta2013Wrestling
WilliamC.BuckTau2014MLB Baseball
RichardVanSiclenPhi Lambda2014
DeonL.RandallEta2015
JosephBarronPhi2016Swimmer
MaxAbramSigma2017
AlexLivingstonKappa2019
EricVan HeesAlpha Psi2019
SamTuckermanEta2020College Football
MilesJ.FieldPhi, 20232021Fencing
JamesMontgomeryGreigTheta Xi, 20232022College Football

Douglas P. Donaldson Young Alumni of the Year Award

This award was initiated for the 2021 Convention. It honors both past Phi Alpha Douglas P. Donaldson, Theta 1972, and a young alumnus, under the age of 32 for outstanding achievements within the Fraternity.

First NameMiddle NameLast NameChapterYear Awarded
AlexPrucePsi, 20132021
Christopher ArnoldTheta Eta, 20112022

 

George S. Woodhull Phi Alpha's Award

Zeta Psi’s highest merit-based award given to an outstanding undergraduate for contributions made to his school, chapter, or Zeta Psi.

Outstanding Alumni Award

Presented for sustained alumni contributions, of time, talent, or financial support.

Award of Merit

This award may be given for singular or multiple tasks of special contributions/volunteer work, either to the local chapter, the Grand Chapter or the Educational Foundation.

Outstanding Undergraduate Award

Celebrates those undergraduates who go above and beyond their duties in the active chapter and community.

Gold and Silver Circle Awards

Presented annually to Zetes that have been Elders for 25 (Silver) or 50 (Gold) years.

The Arthur "Red" Motley Service Award

Started in 2022, this award is given to a member of the Zeta Psi Staff whose daily devotion and dedicated service to Zeta Psi and all Zeta Psi Brothers, exemplifies the exceptional career, service and life of Arthur H. “Red” Motley.

Brother Motley, Alpha Beta 1922, started his service to Zeta Psi as Assistant
General Secretary in 1922, ascended to General Secretary in 1923, serving until
1928, then returned to Zeta Psi to serve as Phi Alpha from 1943 to 1945.

Chapter Awards

Gregory E. McElroy Chapter of the Year Award

First awarded in 2021. Awarded to the undergraduate chapter that has adhered the most to the ideal chapter model throughout the year.

YearChapterSchool
2021Alpha EpsilonU of Illinois
2022Phi LambdaU of Washington

William A. Comstock Award

One of Zeta Psi’s most coveted chapter awards, presented to the group that best exemplifies the Vision of Bill Comstock.

Year AwardedChapter
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979Theta Xi
1980
1981
1982Phi Epsilon
1983
1984
1985Pi Tau
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991Tau Gamma
1992Tau Alpha
1993Rho Alpha
1994Iota Alpha
1995Rho Alpha
1996Pi Tau
1997Pi Tau
1998Theta Xi
1999Iota Alpha
2000Pi Tau
2001Iota Alpha
2002Theta Xi
2003Beta Tau
2004
2005Alpha Epsilon
2006Alpha Pi
2007Theta Xi
2008
2009
2010Phi Epsilon
2011Theta Eta
2012Alpha Psi
2013Alpha Psi
2014Phi Lambda
2015Delta Chi
2016Nu Sigma
2017Rho Alpha
2018Alpha Psi
2019Tau
2020Theta Phi
2021Theta Phi
2022Theta Omicron

The William R. Duryee Award for Outstanding Academics

This award recognizes the efforts and achievements of the chapter who demonstrated the strongest commitment to academic success during the past year.

YearChapterSchool
2022Sigma BetaU of California, Santa Barbara
2021Gamma EpsilonGeorgetown University

 

John Birchfield Communication Award

Chapter award presented to the group that demonstrates the most exemplary communications practices on both internal and external levels.

YearChapterSchool
2022Alpha EpsilonU of Illinois
2021Alpha EpsilonU of Illinois
2020Alpha EpsilonU of Illinois

Bronze Chapter Awards

Awarded to an undergraduate chapter that shows outstanding performance throughout the year.

Silver Chapter Awards

Awarded to an undergraduate chapter that shows outstanding performance throughout the year.

Gold Chapter Awards

Awarded to an undergraduate chapter that shows exemplary performance throughout the year.

Chapter Gold and Silver Escutcheon Awards

The Gold and Silver Chapter Escutcheon Awards are awarded to the undergraduate chapters that shows exemplary Ritual performance throughout the year.

McElroy Order of Excellence

Awarded to any chapter that has received a gold chapter award for three consecutive years. Named in honor of Phi Alpha CXXVI, Greg McElroy (Phi, ’70).

This award has been retired and succeeded by the Gregory E. McElroy Chapter of the Year Award.